Schaumburg's girls bowling team rolled its best game of the season, totaling 1,154 in its fourth game, and that carried the Saxons to the Zion-Benton sectional championship at Sunset Lanes in Waukegan on Saturday.
Schaumburg will be making a trip back to the state tournament at Cherry Bowl in Rockford on Friday and Saturday.
Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove and Libertyville also advanced out of the sectional. Grayslake North's Sarah Littleton and Jessica Vaughn, Emma Wrenn of Hersey, Dundee-Crown's Karissa Gonio and Amy Hollingswood of Zion-Benton also qualified for state.
Schaumburg finished with 5,852 pins, Hoffman Estates (5,752) was second, followed by Elk Grove (5,725) and Libertyville (5,558).
The Saxons took over the lead from Hoffman Estates by the second game and had 2,945 at the break. They then rolled their big game of 1,154 and followed with a 899 and 854.
"It really was an incredible performance by all the girls," Schaumburg coach Mark Kelly said. "They all got the ball to the certain part of the arrows. They all hit the right spot. All were locked in, and it was incredible to watch."
Jessica Halas led the way for the Saxons with a 269 high game, as her 1,329 total made her the sectional champion. She got help from teammates Kaitlyn Azevado (248 high game, 1,062); Sarah Schwind (222, 1,196); Danielle Yohe (212, 1,138); and Shannon Miers (203, 1,127).
Hoffman Estates made it to state for the eighth time in 10 years. The Hawks started out strong with a 1,096 and ended with a 1,013. They were consistent throughout the day.
"I felt the girls started strong out of the gate," Hoffman Estates coach Dan Pfligler said. "We had pressure in the last game and rose to the challenge."
Sarah Wille led the Hawks with a 1,225. Also contributing for Hoffman Estates were Amanda Richae (1,148), Melyssa Donavan (1,145), Brandy Hoglund (1,132) and Jordyn Fera (1,102).
Elk Grove secured its spot at state with a strong second half of the day. The Grenadiers posted a 2,813 in the morning and then tossed games of 997, 992 and 923 for a 2,912.
"The girls came out after lunch all fired up in the fourth game," Elk Grove coach Jason Svehla said. "All year, we've come scoring in the second half of tournaments. The girls did a good job of adjusting to the lanes."
Runner-up Kayleigh Duff led Elk Grove with 1,322, rolling a high game of 278 and totaling 702 pins over the last three games. Brooke Barges added a 1,261, Jamie Hicks 1,131, Allison Peters 1,081, Jackie Peters 595 (four games) and Brianna Bacigalupo 335 (two games).
Libertyville made the cut by just four pins. Going into the final game, there were seven teams within 77 pins for the final spot. The Wildcats shot a 960, while fifth-place Grayslake North had a 966.
It's the first trip to state for Libertyville in 14 years.
"I'm just happy for our team to get there," Libertyville coach Lindsey Siegel said. "The girls really didn't know the scores. I told them to just keep knocking down the pins. We were just able to stay ahead of Grayslake North. That was awesome."
Natalie Zeng led Libertyville with a 1,272. Emma Devellis rolled a 1,156, Taylor Sloan 1,077, Ally Doherty 508 (three games) and Jackie Garcia (three games).
Grayslake North's Vaughn qualified individually with a 1,235 series. Her day included games of 233 and 247.
"I'm not sure if it's hit me yet," Vaughn said. "It's kind of bittersweet without the team making it for a second straight year, but it's still pretty cool to make it as individual."
Her teammate Littleton rolled a 1,313 series to qualify for state. She put together a good set of three afternoon games (247, 237 and 213 for a 697 series).
Hersey's Wrenn made her way out of the sectional with a 1,233. She had a consistent day, rolling games of 188, 203 and 200 for a 591 in the morning. She followed up with 203, 213 and 226 for a 642 series.
D-C's Gonio will be the first girls bowler in the Chargers' seven-year program to bowl at state. She was the final bowler to qualify, as her 1,211 series over the six games was just enough.
She rolled a 199, 197 and 236 for an opening series of 632 and then tossed games of 194, 191 and 194 over the last three for a 579.
Hollingshead of Zion-Benton rolled a 1,240. She eclipsed 200 in all six games, with a high of 214.